B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$97,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$778
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    324
    273
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    69
    41
  • Robbery
    105
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    959
    525
  • Theft
    3,119
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    319
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,189
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Abilene Reviews

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Abilene is a mid-sized town in around the center of Texas. Abilene is a good balance between big city and small town. Just as Austin, Texas has the saying, "Keep Austin Weird," Abilene has the saying, "Keep Abilene Boring." The people here are very nice and while Abilene has the most churches per capita in the US according to some sources, there is a lot of diversity in ideas and beliefs anywhere from extremely liberal to extremely conservative. Abilene is also known as the storybook capital of Texas because of the storybook theme downtown with decorations such as statues from Horton Hears a Who! Abilene is somewhat small at the moment, but is rapidly growing.
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Abilene is a very family-oriented and conservative town. It is very centered around art culture! There is a church on just about every corner in town, and there are a multitude of family-friendly events that anyone can enjoy!
Terrible public transportation, not a lot to do, but cheap living. If you are there for college you live in your university bubble and experience a very safe environment, but once you step outside of that you'll find that Abilene has a lot of crime and poverty. It is a hotspot for trafficking since it is right off of a major highway. It's nice because there are many Christian people here, since it is in the heart of the Bible belt, but that can also have its downsides since it can be very conservative and unaccepting of others.